Portuguese defender Pepe believes his side have an image to protect following Mourinho’s jibe.
Speaking in front of the cameras, Portuguese defender Pepe responded to Mourinho’s recent jibe over a presumed lack of professionalism from the Madrid players.
The Chelsea boss caused quite a stir in Madrid last week when he believed that certain players put their image before suffering to win football matches.
Mourinho commented: “Many times at Real Madrid, the players would form a line in front of the mirror before the game whilst the referee was waiting in the tunnel.”
Pepe’s relationship with Jose Mourinho soured during their final year in Madrid, and the Portuguese defender publically stood-by fellow teammate Iker Casillas when the two were at loggerheads.
Reported by Mundo Deportivo, Pepe was asked his thoughts on the matter, to which he said whilst his players like to give off a good image, his former boss Mourinho had none as he preferred to focus only on the football side of things.
“Mou is the only human who would get up in the morning, and not look at himself in the mirror.”
The Real Madrid defender then reiterated the importance of giving off a good image of the club, and that the players’ behaviour before the match is completely normal.
“It’s normal that we prepare ourselves to give off a good image of the club.”
“We are in Real Madrid, when we go out the cameras and the press are there, I believe it is totally normal.”
In spite of Mourinho’s previous jibe, it would be hard to criticise the Real Madrid players’ motivation to win football matches nowadays.
Los Blancos are currently undefeated in 2014 - topping La Liga by four points and remain favourites in some quarters to land both the Copa Del Rey and the Champions League.
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